(Closed) Confessions of a Nail Picker / Biter

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Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Yay! Congratulations overcoming a bad habit!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@This Time Round:  Lovely ring/band! And I have a horrible habit of picking at my lips (dry skin ugh). I usually find myself doing it when I’m nervous/agitated somehow, or reallllly bored. Lately I’ve been keeping a tube of Burts Bee’s lip balm nearby to slather on to deter picking. Have you tried any vitamins for enhancing nail/hair growth? I’ve heard various ones work from prenatal vitamins to stuff that’s in Jell-O (can’t remember what).

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Yes!! Well done! I have eczema and so struggle not to scratch. Just the same – whenever my hands aren’t busy they busy themselves scratching…! I’ll take something from your success πŸ™‚

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@This Time Round:  By all means, get back on the vitamin bandwagon πŸ™‚ And just think, when your nails grow out a bit longer, and you can get a nice manicure or something, you’ll be like “It took xx years, but I broke that habit, and my nails look AMAZING!” πŸ™‚

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@This Time Round:  I can sympathize. I even stopped for awhile, and then life got stressful and I started again. It’s difficult to stop when you don’t even notice doing it sometimes. Mine are really short right now (I had to do fake tips for my e-pics and wedding, too), but I’ll take heart from you success and try again to break the habit.

@Sweet_Tea:  Love Burt’s Bees products! Especially now when the cold drys out my lips/skin so much.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@This Time Round:  Congrats on breaking this bad habit! I’m almost 30, and as long as I can remember, I have struggled with nail biting. I found it to be more like addiction really. I would stop over the years, but then I would encounter a very stressful situation and start up again. The last time I was on the wagon, I actually went out and bought a million Essie nail polishes (cheaper on Amazon than in drugstores!) to reward myself. However, tax season and more stress arrived, and I fell off again. I went back on almost 2 weeks ago. My nails were hurting, and I couldn’t stop so I used stick-on fake nails for the first couple days.

I have found that like with an addiction, you need to get past this one day at a time. The first couple days are always the hardest, hence the fake nails in my case. You should definitely reward yourself with some dramatic nail polish that you couldn’t wear on bitten nails! Or even a professional manicure! There is this place called Dashing Diva where they do manicures and give you nice arm massages and stuff – heaven. Or you could go on an Essie shopping spree. Tongue Out Either way – CONGRATS!!!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@This Time Round:  I am 32 (soon) and have been biting my nails for as long as I can remember. I go through phases where I will not bite them for maybe a month or so and then something will trigger me and I will chompt them all off again. Like you, I mainly tend to bite when I am bored, especially while driving and even more so if there is a lot of traffic/cars on the road (stress factor I guess) but I really won’t notice until they get painful and then I am like crap!

I wanted to have nice nails for the wedding and I tried my best not to bite but then the day before I bit off two πŸ™ However, I also did not bite during my Carribean cruise honeymoon, and I think that is in part because of not being bored and also because they were polished. When they are polished I still sometimes scrape the polish off, but I don’t bite the nails. So my new approach is to keep them polished at all costs! It is working for the most part πŸ™‚ I also do not clip them, only file once a week, because as soon as I feel a slightly jagged edge it sets me off to biting to “even it out” and before I know it the nail is all gone. However, I also do not like to have them go beyond my finger tips.

I know a lot of people don’t understand nail biting if it is not their habit, but I tell my fiance I think it might be even harder to quit than smoking because with smoking at least you can get a patch/meds and not buy any, but my nails are always with me and there is still a psychological aspect. I try not to think about all of the things that I have ingested along with my nails (yes, I actually eat them).

Good luck and congratulations on making some progress… I think the longer you can stick with it the easier it will get.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Also, I recommend keeping a nail file and hand lotion with you in your purse so you can fix your nails and cuticles without being tempted to put them in your mouth!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@BluePeaches:  I um, eat them too. It sounds so gross to an outsider, and I actually wonder if it’s a form of pica (mental disorder where you consume things that are not food  – yes, this disorder exists). Either way, yes, polish works – even scraping it off beats biting and eating nails. I also found that wearing very thick lip gloss helps as well as you don’t want to get your hands all gross and sticky from the lip gloss!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

@This Time Round:  I just fixed mine too! I consider myself a recovering addict though.

Keep some stop bite with you at all times so if you get a snag and can’t file you can put it on to stop yourself from biting.

Put argan or olive oil (or your fave oil) on your cuticles to keep them soft and to grow your nails.

Vitamin b complex helps them grow fast and strong as well.

Good luck with not biting!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I tried to keep the skin around my nails nice and clean (I pick the skin around the nail, not the actual nail itself πŸ™ ) during my waiting period…  I wanted my hands to look gorgeous when Fiance proposed, and they looked pretty good as I recall!  I paint my nails religiously, so that was never an issue.

I keep a bottle of cuticle oil at my work desk and by my couchside table at home so I don’t have any urge to pick.  I take vitamins but the skin is still dry from years of picking.  I resort to band-aids when it gets too bad.

I just hope I can find the willpower to stop in the weeks leading to the wedding, parties, etc.  I know I can do it! Achk!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee

Awesome! Congrats! I tend to bite my nails when they get very long and I’m worried about them being broken bcause I’m rough with my hands.  Or after they break and I want them to be even. lol

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